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Does Office 2008 works on Lion?

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  • alexofindy Calculating status...

    This is somewhat off topic, but I think worth mentioning since it seems some users may be upgrading to Office 2011.  There is a bug in MS Word 2011 such that it will not save a document to a network share whose name contains the string "file" (without the quotes) such as fileserver, files, or myfiles.  You get a confusing error message about the network share being inaccessible.  The bug has nothing to do with Lion, it affects Snow Leopard as well.  It only affects Word 2011, and does not affect Excel 2011, Powerpoint 2011, or Word 2008.  It does not affect storing on a local harddrive, only on a network share.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    Aug 7, 2011 8:55 AM (in response to rkaufmann87)

    The ONLY way 2008 works with Lion is if it was pre-installed on a previous version of OS X because the installer is PPC based.

     

    This is not true. The retail version of Office for Mac 2008 does not utilize a PPC installer. Office for Mac 2008 will install to Lion.

    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7), 15" 2.3 GHz Intel i7 (early-2011)
  • Seph Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)

    Here's a couple links with some useful information about Office and Lion compatibility:

     

    Known issues with Office for Mac on MacOS 10.7 (Lion)

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2586538

     

    Office for Mac 2011 and Mac OS 10.7 Lion

    http://blog.officeformac.com/office-for-mac-2011-and-mac-os-x-10-7-lion/

     

    The confusion about whether Office 2008 will install in Lion is likely because the installer does, in fact, need Rosetta to install in Snow Leopard. However, the same installer does not require Rosetta under Lion.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    Aug 7, 2011 3:47 PM (in response to Seph)

    The confusion about whether Office 2008 will install in Lion is likely because the installer does, in fact, need Rosetta to install in Snow Leopard. However, the same installer does not require Rosetta under Lion.

     

    That just doesn't make any sense.

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  • Seph Level 1 Level 1 (120 points)
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    Aug 7, 2011 10:41 PM (in response to Michael Allbritton)

    I can't make MS software make any sense, I can only share what I've observed.

  • ..luna Calculating status...
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    Jan 26, 2012 10:04 AM (in response to Michael Allbritton)

    Hello !

    I've been reading your threads with great interest. 

     

    Essentially my MAC had to be completely wipped clean and Lion had to be re-installed, so i have lost Windows 2008 in the process.

     

    cannot install windows 2008 and the cd is considered a blank dvd.

     

    i seem to be going in circles reading threads on apple and microsoft and not finding any solutions.

     

    any suggestions ?

     

    thank you !

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 10:17 AM (in response to alexofindy)

    alexofindy wrote:

     

    Apparently, the Office 2008 installer does not run under Lion, since it is a PowerPC program.  Does anyone know if Microsoft updates to Office 2008 will install on Lion?

    Your information is incorrect, the installer, and the rest of Office 2008 work on Lion with the exception noted below.

     

    "Only Excel's Microsoft Query application is still PowerPC, which means that it definitely will not run under Lion if Lion will not contain Rosetta. Nothing else in Office 2008 should require Rosetta"

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 10:18 AM (in response to rkaufmann87)

    rkaufmann87 wrote:

     

    Well it was working just fine.  I had 2008 installed on both my laptop and MacPro.  I decided to clean sweep the MacPro with a fresh lion install.  Now I cannot find my 2008 install disk anywhere.  (I think the Lion ate it!)  So my option was to upgrade to the 2011 version which nicely was a download from M$.

     

    After the clean sweep you would not have been able to run Office 2008 anyway unless you were restoring from a Clone or Time Machine. The ONLY way 2008 works with Lion is if it was pre-installed on a previous version of OS X because the installer is PPC based. So in your case upgrading to 2011 sounds like it was your only option anyway.

    Rick, that information is not correct, only MS Query is PPC code, the installer is Universal.

  • alexofindy Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 11:35 AM (in response to Csound1)

    I have no definitive information on this, but as best I can gather, early versions of the installer for Office 2008 were PPC based.  Microsoft later released a Universal installer which does work in Lion.

  • Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 11:44 AM (in response to alexofindy)

    alexofindy wrote:

     

    I have no definitive information on this, but as best I can gather, early versions of the installer for Office 2008 were PPC based.  Microsoft later released a Universal installer which does work in Lion.

    My tests seem to indicate this may be true.  My copy of Office 2008 does not install on a clean install of Lion as a virtual machine.  The installer keeps crashing.  But I haven't had time to test further.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,380 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 12:17 PM (in response to alexofindy)

    alexofindy wrote:

     

    I have no definitive information on this, but as best I can gather, early versions of the installer for Office 2008 were PPC based.  Microsoft later released a Universal installer which does work in Lion.

    I have never seen that, and Microsoft say that Office 2008 is a Universal application, I have installed 3 different copies on Lion machines without any problems, please test your statement, I do not believe that it is true.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 12:21 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Csound1 is correct. The installer for Office Mac 2008 is not a "PPC application." It simply isn't.

  • Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,165 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 12:25 PM (in response to alexofindy)

    One of the main selling features of Office 2008 when it was released was that it was a Universal application, that it could work on Intel processors directly.

  • Asatoran Level 4 Level 4 (2,535 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 12:33 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Csound1 wrote:

     

    alexofindy wrote:

     

    I have no definitive information on this, but as best I can gather, early versions of the installer for Office 2008 were PPC based.  Microsoft later released a Universal installer which does work in Lion.

    I have never seen that, and Microsoft say that Office 2008 is a Universal application, I have installed 3 different copies on Lion machines without any problems, please test your statement, I do not believe that it is true.

    I'm trying to find the time.  All I've done so far is 3 virtual machines in Fusion.  Each a clean build of Lion, (because the MSO2008 installer crashed in each so I created a new VM each time to ensure it wasn't something mucked up with the VM,) then using the physical MSO DVD and an ISO of the DVD, the installer starts, but close after a few seconds.  Restarting the installer, I get a message that it didn't close properly the last time and would I like to reopen it.  I created a new ISO from the DVD again, but still the installer crashes.

     

    The ISO does work in a Snow Leopard Server VM so it leads me to belive that the ISO is fine.  And I have used the physical disk on a different Mac running SL so the disk appears to be ok.  But I have not had time to test beyond that, which is why I haven't posted anything about this yet.

     

    BTW, Csound, many moons ago, when you first posted a replies in other threads that MSO2008 installed fine in Lion for you, I then started trying this with my copy of MSO2008, but have not had success since.  But as I respect the quality of your posts, I decided not post anything contradictory until I found out more.  This is the first time I've mentioned it because the subject came up and because this past weekend is when I tried the ISO in a SL Server VM.

     

    I'll post more info when I can.

  • Michael Allbritton Level 6 Level 6 (16,190 points)
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    Jan 26, 2012 12:36 PM (in response to Asatoran)

    Asatoran wrote:

     

    I'm trying to find the time.  All I've done so far is 3 virtual machines in Fusion.  Each a clean build of Lion, (because the MSO2008 installer crashed in each so I created a new VM each time to ensure it wasn't something mucked up with the VM,) then using the physical MSO DVD and an ISO of the DVD, the installer starts, but close after a few seconds.  Restarting the installer, I get a message that it didn't close properly the last time and would I like to reopen it.  I created a new ISO from the DVD again, but still the installer crashes.

    The installer for Office Mac 2008 crashing or quitting unexpectedly is not indicitive of it being a PPC application.  PPC applications get an error message in Lion saying they can't run because they are not supported. You've got something else going on.

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